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22
September
2016

Exploring Curacao

Keith Jenkins, Velvet Escape

Summary

I stepped out of the airport and immediately felt the warm breeze. It was one of the first things I discovered about Curacao when I visited the island many years ago: it’s always breezy. It took a while to finally return to this beautiful island in the Caribbean but feeling that breeze again brought back lots of great memories.

Curaçao is a long island with a coastline that’s indented with numerous bays and coves. Its capital, Willemstad, is situated on both sides of St. Anna Bay, a channel of water that leads to the immense Schottegat harbour. Formally part of the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao was one of five territories (that included Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustasius and Sint Maarten) administered by the Netherlands. In 2010, the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and these days, Curacao is a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is one of the wealthiest islands in the Caribbean. The 150,000 islanders speak Papiamentu, a blend of Portuguese, Dutch, English and other African influences, but Dutch and English are also widely spoken.

Things to do in Curacao
There are lots of things to do in Curacao in addition to lounging at the beach or going snorkelling/scuba-diving. The best way to explore the island is simply to hire a car and drive around. On my previous visits, I drove to every corner of the island, exploring the little coves and villages, and discovering little beaches which only the locals know of. This time around, I chose a more relaxed pace, spending several days at Jan Thiel in the eastern part of the island and a few more days at Lagun, in the more secluded western end of the island.

Read the full article, originally published on February 18, 2015, on Velvet Escape.